ITV have finally confirmed the dates for their live Britain’s Got Talent shows.
After the audition rounds finish and the final acts are seen being chosen by the judges, the series will move into it’s live stages on Sunday May 6, for a two hour special.
Following live shows will last for ninety minutes each and will be followed later in the evening with a half hour results show, in which the acts progressing to the final will be chosen.
Each episode will see nine acts performing for Amanda Holden, David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon. Voting lines will be opened for viewers to vote for their favourites and two from each group will win a place in the final, and the chance of performing for The Queen at The Royal Variety Show and scooping the £500,000 prize money.
The BGT live shows will kick off on Sunday 6th May, as previously mentioned and will continue throughout the week. Sunday’s show will run from 8pm – 10pm, while Monday to Friday will see the initial show airing from 7.30pm – 9.00pm and the results show returning from 9.30pm – 10pm.
Fan reaction to the news on Twitter has been very positive this afternoon, with huge amounts of social media users admitting that they are excited about the drama filled live shows commencing in less that two weeks time.
However, some are upset by reports that ITV is still going ahead with a delay on the show, because of the unpredictable nature of new judge David Walliams.
It has been claimed that the show will be broadcast with a one minute delay at all times, because of the Little Britain’s tendency to be a little but risque and suggestive, especially towards the new love of his life – Simon Cowell.
ITV can’t risk getting in any more hot water with OFCOM, after it was revealed this week that they are already carrying out an investigation into the audition of stripper and burlesque dancer Beatrix Von Bourbon, which was aired before the 9pm watershed at the end of last month.
A source told The Daily Record that executives are worried David will ‘cross the line’ and added:
“The producers are looking into options to save embarrassment or incidents which might cause offence, and a short delay would leave enough time for any swearing to be covered up, or incidents of nudity censored.
“Some of the squabbling between the judges this series has been pretty edgy.
“There’s no telling what David might say to Simon, and he’s not shy about throwing something straight back at him.”
On Twitter there have been many complaints about this restriction on the live shows and many viewers have complained that they want more of the fun that David brings to the show.
One user tweeted:
“What’s the point of hiring David Walliams for his comedy and then cutting it all out”.
Meanwhile, David has finished recording King of Soho on Tuesday and returned to Enniskillen to continue filming Blandings. According to the National Trust his first night back wasn’t one of the greatest as he had to film a scene “face down in a pile of manure on-set at Florence court House”.
This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here.